NEW DELHI: Limiting the role of the registry in the prioritization of cases, phase 3 of the e-Courts project, currently at the draft stage, offered a 24/7 digital window to litigants and lawyers to file cases of n ” anywhere, anytime with the provision of a digital audition calendar in one public audience, ensuring that deadlines are met by both judges and litigants.
The use of artificial intelligence has been proposed to “intelligently recommend hearing times by optimizing and coordinating the schedules and schedules of the different actors (judges, lawyers and litigants)”, the draft proposal posted on website Department of Justice seeking suggestions from stakeholders said.
The Centre’s ambitious e-Courts project, launched in 2005, has been completed in two phases so far. At a cost of Rs 2,300 crore, it has computerized almost all of the 19,000 functional and subordinate district courts with broadband connectivity and equipped judges and courtrooms with modern communication gadgets. the short Supreme The electronic committee is responsible for policy planning and strategic direction.
The next phase of judicial reforms envisions a complete transformation of Indian courts into digital platforms – with e-Pay, e-Summons, e-Hearings and e-Judgment facilities – where litigants can appear remotely, schedule hearings at their convenience and an option to choose an alternative dispute resolution mechanism or a regular case when filing electronically.
Phase 3 also proposes to allow the transcription of legal proceedings from audio / video format to a typed digital recording that can be made available to litigants and lawyers after the end of the hearings. “Live streaming or sharing of recorded court proceedings can allow courts to become more open,” says the draft proposal.
The court registry will be converted into a digital case register where each case will be assigned a unique number that will help locate the case as it moves from one level to another, without it being necessary to redo the documents in case of appeal to higher courts. .